I get excited to go to work every day

As a child Chris Lowe dreamt of being a pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force.

It seemed a far cry from where he grew up – a small town of less than 400 people in a quiet valley in Tasmania. Local careers were limited to mining and forestry.

At school Chris excelled at maths and science and his teachers recognised his thirst for learning and challenged him beyond the curriculum. He realised that education was the key that could unlock the career he had dreamed of.

After high school, Chris entered the Australian Defence Force Academy to study an undergraduate degree in engineering. Within the first few years of graduating, he found himself deployed to Afghanistan. Having grown too tall to be a pilot, but with his engineering qualifications behind him, Chris supported war zone communications between bases, working closely with drones and satellites.

With a growing knowledge of unmanned aircraft, Chris was eager to research and improve this cutting-edge technology. He was awarded a prestigious General Sir John Monash Scholarship, to study for a Master of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

These days you’ll find Chris working even further afield - in space. “I fly satellites for a job” he says, explaining that his role as a satellite controller for an Australian telecommunications company means he helps companies like SpaceX to launch satellites into orbit.

He’s says it’s an exciting career and the closest he’ll to get being a pilot – or an astronaut, acknowledging that dreams can change over time. One thing’s for sure though, he claims, “if you don’t chase your dreams, you’ll never achieve them.”

Hear his story below:

In 2020 we celebrated 10 years of philanthropy. Thanks to the work of our partners, with our support, more than 62,000 young Australians have used education to become the best that they can be.

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